Shock Djed Spence move on as Tottenham misfit on his way to join teammate across the channel
Forgotten man Djed Spence looks to have secured himself a loan move away from Tottenham, although his destination has come as somewhat of a surprise.
The right-back has found game time under Antonio Conte incredibly difficult to find since his move from Middlesbrough over the summer, with several reports claiming the Italian never wanted Spence on board in the first place.
The England Under-21 international looked the perfect fit for Conte’s 3-4-3 system, However, he has made just six appearances in all competitions for Tottenham.
A move in January always appeared to be on the cards, and it looks like Spence has got his wish.
The defender has reportedly agreed a switch to Ligue 1 outfit Rennes, where he will move on loan until the end of the season.
That choice has come as a big surprise, given that both Nottingham Forest and Brentford were also keen on a move.
Rennes are currently fifth in Ligue 1 and also have Spurs centre-back Joe Rodon on their books.
The opportunity to show what he can do in another top league is clearly now the focus for Spence, although whether Conte will even bother watching is up for debate.
Spence signing proving a big miss
There could even be an argument for Tottenham avoiding loaning the player to a fellow Premier League side to avoid any embarrassment if he shows the kind of form he did on loan at Forest last season that earned him his move in the first place.
The fact that Spurs are allowing him to move is somewhat surprising though, given the reported collapse of Pedro Porro’s move from Sporting Lisbon.
The Spaniard was expected to have a medical on Monday ahead of his proposed £39million switch.
However, The Atheltic reported that the deal was off after Sporting changed their minds over certain aspects of the transaction.
That report was then countered by transfer insider Fabrizio Romano though, who suggests work is still being done behind the scenes and that the player himself is desperate to make the switch to north London.
Tottenham are back in action on Sunday when they host Manchester City in the Premier League. Whether they have any more new additions on board by then remains to be seen.
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